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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Aug 31, 2013 10:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Did cocaine change the Dead's playing ?

It's hard to imagine GD intentionally dosing before playing a gig. Myself and the Lazy River band for whom I was soundman got dosed badly before a show once. This was at a festival gig outside of Birmingham in 1976. Our very-professional banjo player and me were angel-dusted (without or knowledge, or our consent) by some local hippies when we smoked a bowl of pot with them just before our set. Game over! The banjo player made a number of mistakes while playing on stage - something I never witnessed him do previously, ever. I admit to taking LSD a lot, perhaps 200 or 300 times. I even drove to Rochdale in Toronto several times while tripping so I wouldn't fall asleep at the wheel, but I had a friend with me.